CC’s ARC Review ~ Illusions of Evil by Lily White

 

Title: Illusions of Evil
Author: Lily White
Genre:  Dark Erotica/Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2
POV:  Multiple
Releases: October 18, 2017

 

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4 Stars!

 
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Jacob Hayle is a Catholic priest who runs a small-town church in a socio-economically depressed and fairly isolated locale. For 12 years, he abstained from his dark and sinful ways, but when a mysterious woman arrives on church grounds, Jacob begins to be truly tested with temptation in his sequestered sanctuary. Praying for strength to overcome, Jacob soon realizes someone else seems to be controlling his fate.

 

“How long do you think you’ll be able to hide from your past … to keep history from repeating itself?”


Eve represents all that is pure and offers her supplication with blind allegiance. Caught in the web of deceit and malevolence, she willingly chooses to obey as a means of absolving her masochistic guilt. 

 

“I’m going to transform you.”


As the level of manipulation escalates, Jacob’s resolve begins to descend into temptation and the beast within craves to be sated. Though he tries to fight, Jacob’s past is a constant reminder of how destructive and evil he can be. For Eve, she readily accepts the pain and ultimately surrenders to the pleasure.

 

“I’m awake now, beautiful. I’m paying attention and I’m so damn hungry, there might be nothing left of you by the time I’m done.”


Told in multiple POVs but with a focus on Jacob, the character development is measured with an ominous tone permeating the landscape. Knowing Jacob laments his past adds to the internal battle of staying true to his vows as a priest. His fight is deeply interesting as this dynamic depicts a timeless conflict with the addition of good versus evil. With Eve’s perspective she actually causes more of an imbalance and adds tension due to her role.

From the beginning, I was intrigued by Jacob’s struggle and how it was going evolve for him personally and professionally. At times, I wanted Jacob to remain resilient but the moments when he exposed his vulnerabilities truly showed his flaws. As for the creator of this madness, his character and purpose remains an enigma but I am curious to know how far it will go. With Eve, she was the toughest character for me to understand in her completely brainwashed state. Despite knowing her background and comprehending how such a situation can arise, part of me was waiting for her moment of revelation. 

This is a story that lures the reader from the first page and offers some twists while pushing the theme of virtuous against heretic. There are times when I wanted more action but I liked the tension and layers of mystery. I especially liked the sacrilegious actions that led to some hot moments. 

In Illusions of Evil flaws and sins are pushed to limits. I recommend and look forward to reading the conclusion in book two! 

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~Monster by Marni Mann

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3.5★★★Stars

 Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Type: Book 2 of Animal series
POV: First Person – Multiple

This review can also be found on GOODREADS.

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In this book we get to see two separate stories; it goes from past and present and I found myself enjoying the past a lot more.  I found the past was darker than the present; at least that’s what it seemed to me.   We basically get a feel of exactly how dark Shank is.  His “Monster” side comes out and he does not hold back on details. 

“Cum floated, and I wanted to watch mine swim across her blood.”

While Shank spent a long time in jail he writes letters and on this letters he explains things that happened on book one that I was very curious about.  Finding out these details made me dislike some characters from the past.  I don’t justify why Shank did what he did; obviously he was a monster and didn’t care to show it. 

 

“Here, we don’t have general population. We only have death row. There is no parole. No release dates. When you’re sent to this prison, you die here.”

The other couple on this story was interesting; sadly I found I couldn’t connect with either one of them.  I liked the hero more than the heroine thought; perhaps because I never felt she was being one hundredth percent truthful.  However; I felt their connection was mainly physical and didn’t felt like they actually loved each other.  I tried to understand them but I guess I just couldn’t love their relationship something just felt off for me. 

The twist at the end was.., well definably not expected.  I was anticipating a big crazy twist but did not see that coming.  I don’t feel I had enough background onto the why the ending happened; so it left me unsettle about how I feel about the story overall.  Truthfully; I think Shank did not disappoint; he was an animal, a completely crazy monster; someone I expected him to be.    Overall, this book was still pretty intense and I feel it would be appealing to readers who are not afraid of dark books.

Book Order:
Animal (Animal, #1) by Marni Mann Monster (Animal, #2) by Marni Mann

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~ Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

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4.5★★★★Stars

 Genre: Dark Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Multiple

This review can also be found on GOODREADS.

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Cassandra Carlino aka Cassie was a happy girl; she had a high school boyfriend who she saw her future with.   One terrible accident seemed to point all evidence towards her sweet lovely boyfriend. Her entire life was changed ever since.  Now she lives a life of numbness; her mother in comma and her life a chaos disaster.

“You begin to realize that the darkness you’ve been given is not burden, but a gift.”

Leo Bentley; never truly had everything he wanted.  He grew up protecting his sisters and brothers making sure they were feed because he had a horrible selfish mother.  Leo fell madly in love with Cassie until the day he lost control and nothing could have saved him from the events of that awful night.

“She will not be my vice. She will not be my forgiver. She will not be my redemption.”

This book starts incredibly good, exactly how I like a book to be with a suspenseful plot that I was not able to stop myself from reading till the very last page in one setting.  A seventeen year old Karen had gone missing; only to have been found in the property of Leo Bentley.  Immediately I started questioning everything and everyone; I had to know who the killer was and what was going to happen to all the characters.  I really loved Leo so much; I felt deeply sad for everything that happened to him.  Cassie was also someone I really felt for.  I felt the author did an amazing job letting us; the readers connect in such a deep level with all these characters and that’s why the twist at the end was so flipping crazy insane that left me speechless. 

“I can see myself in his eyes. My soul. He’s taken it from me. “

Gun Shy was a crazy, dark, psychological thriller, and a total page turner; one that had me glued to each page until the very end. Readers who enjoy suspense thrillers will find this book appealing. 
Book Order: Standalone
Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

★This was a F(BR) with CC & Liz★ 

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📖 #CurrentlyReading 📖 🔫☠️ #GunShy : A psychological thriller 🔫☠️by #lilistgermain . 📷📚 #PhotoChallenge : Day 6 #Spookeybookchallenge . Available Now http://a.co/1Kh68OY . I normally don't read 2 books at the same time but when I do they have to be different genre so I don't confuse the stories lol 😂. Loving this one and WW so far. Buddy reading this with @supercxcc and @lizcrazies . Blurb HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL? In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, a teenage girl disappears without a trace. The second girl in nine years. Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town's water supply. The killer was never found. As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated? For Jennifer's friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer's disappearance might be much closer to her than she could have ever imagined. 💣 💣 💣 💣 #craziesrusbookblog #currentlyreading #newrelease #book #bookstagram #books #bookish #bibliophile #blog #blogger #bloggerslife #booklover #igreads #instareads #instabooks #october #psychological #thriller #ilikeitdark #twisted

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Now Live~Drive~ by Stephanie Fournet

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Growing up as the daughter of a world famous blues legend, Rainey Memphis Reeves learned everything she needed to know about musicians. They are phony, unfaithful, and never home — even when it matters.

Six years ago, an accident left her shattered, and even now, Rainey can’t trust herself behind the wheel of a car.

But when she meets Jacques Gilchrist, the sweet, soulful, and heart-stoppingly handsome Uber driver, Rainey discovers she can forget her fear when she’s with him.

Until she learns he’s a musician. And worse than that, he’s good. Too good.

Jacques Gilchrist has tried for years to break out of the small-town music scene, but as soon as he meets Rainey, he can’t stop writing songs about her. He’s about to take the world by storm, but if he wants Rainey by his side, Jacques will have to prove he’s nothing like her father.

He’s determined, even if he has to drive her across the country to do it.

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ARC/LOYDA’S REVIEW~Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

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3.5★★★Stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 2 of 4 from Devil’s Night series
POV: First Person – Dual

This review can also be found on GOODREADS.

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In Hideaway we continue the journey of the foursome from book one.  We meet a new female character that I found interesting.  Banks grew up basically homeless with a mother who was worthless and selfish.  When she turned twelve years old her life took a new change for her at that moment it was the best she could have asked for but now looking back it wasn’t any better it was going from one miserable house to another one.

“I was what Kai said I was. A tool. Something others used.”

Kai is the quiet one; he was always the one I liked the most from the four boys.  I wanted to know everything about him. He knew at a young age that he liked to watch others he liked to keep secrets and like to be in charge.  Everything about Kai’s mystery fascinated me.  After a fake confession; which ended up being not so fake at all, he meets a girl that from that day forward gets under his skin but in a good way. 

“You don’t know which way to turn, and you won’t see that you’ve gone the wrong way until you’ve gone too far.”

I loved the chemistry between Kai and Banks I could feel it in my bones. I really enjoyed this story, I wanted to love it but I feel the book kind of dragged a little bit and at times it felt like repetitive scenes. I liked Banks because I understand her situation and really felt for her but at times she got on my nerves; some decisions she made like not choosing Kai and hurting my baby really upset me lol. I felt Kai was clear on his feelings and proven it to her over and over. He really was so sweet and I loved him for that. 

Also, I am a bit disappointed that this book didn’t focus more on Kai. I felt the entire story was more about Damon, which I honestly did not liked one bit. However; somehow I feel it was written intentionally like this so that we can understand Damon and in fact I do. I understand and feel so much for him that he is so broken and I just want to cry. I honestly cannot freaking wait to read his book. I wasn’t sure before but now I am like 100% sure that I need his book and maybe just maybe he’ll end up being my favorite one…Omg I can’t believe I just said that . Lol 

Overall, readers who love the foursome and love the cat and mouse chase will find this book appealing.

Devil’s Night series:
Corrupt (Devil's Night, #1) by Penelope Douglas Hideaway (Devil's Night, #2) by Penelope Douglas Kill Switch (Devil's Night, #3) by Penelope Douglas Nightfall (Devil's Night, #4) by Penelope Douglas

This was a (F)BR with CC & War

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Liz’s Review~Monster~by Marni Mann

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“I’d just learned that love couldn’t save us.”

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Monster is the second book in the Animal Series. A spin-off from Prisoned, each book must be read in order. Monster offers another trip down the twisted dark side.

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“I was alone in here.”

Shank has always been a mystery. With an uninhibited loyalty to his “brothers” and a twisted addiction to blood, he has always maintained order through his work at the prison and his relationships with his inner circle. When his life is turned upside down, Shank is forced to face the unthinkable. While isolated from everything he has ever known, the darkness from his past begins to threaten his future and that of the ones he holds dear. As we get a glimpse of the darkness hidden in Shank’s mind all of the brutal truths of his life are exposed and as the reality of this world begins to unfold, it becomes clear that no one is safe.

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“I need to feel you on my cock.
I need to feel that it’s still you.”

Told in multiple POV, Monster is a thrilling read with mystery, intrigue, scandal, and broken people. The characters are complex and as their lives are thrown under the microscope, the lines between right and wrong are blurred and the dynamics between them are intense and unforgettable. Certain elements of the plot broke my heart and yet, Marni stayed true to the characters and their plight. There are so many secrets and as the truth is revealed, the tension is uncompromising as each character fights to get what they want.

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Overall, Monster is an absolute must-read for readers who like to take risks and spend an extended time on the dark side. Marni Mann has crafted a complex plot with broken characters and unforgettable circumstances. Shank is one character that I will never forget. I highly recommend jumping into this series blind. Undoubtedly, this is one trip you will never forget!

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*ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!

**This was a BR with Loyda, CC, and WAR!

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Cover Reveal ~ Incubus by Celia Aaron

Title: Incubus
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy Romance
Cover Design: PhatPuppy Art & Font Diva 

Release Date: October 22, 2017

 
 
 

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An incubus who feeds off the sexual desires of others, Roth
de Lis has never been denied the pleasure of a woman’s body…until now. Lilah,
once a warrior maiden in the service of a goddess, languishes on earth after
being cast out from the slopes of Mount Olympus.

Lilah will do anything to return home, including betraying Roth. As she spins
her web of lies, Roth begins a slow, wicked seduction that eventually threatens
to consume them both. But when Lilah’s deceit comes to light, will their torrid
love affair be able to overcome a pact with the darkest of gods?

 

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Author Bio

 

Celia Aaron is a recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy—if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

 

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